Woman needed plastic surgery after love rivals clashed in Barnoldswick pub

Burnley Crown Court
Burnley Crown Court

A SALTERFORTH woman who glassed an ex-love rival when ill-feelings erupted in a Barnoldswick pub, has walked free from court.

Rhianne Pearson (21), of Earby Road, left victim Amanda Roberts bleeding heavily, needing an operation and scarred after the confrontation at The Barlick last April.

Pearson was upset after Miss Roberts was said to have had an “intimate” relationship with her boyfriend when they briefly split up, Burnley Crown Court heard.

On the night of the attack, Pearson and her friend were said to have been “all over” Miss Roberts’ boyfriend to belittle her.

The victim had got angry and slapped the defendant’s face, after Pearson had also insulted her and barged into her.

Pearson threw her drink at the victim who felt pain, fell backwards and as she opened her eyes, felt blood on her hands.

The victim felt a further punch to her forehead and was taken to the toilets where she saw a deep cut on her nose.

At hospital, Miss Roberts was admitted for a plastic surgery operation. She had suffered a long laceration down the side of her nose and grazes to her face.

Pearson was arrested and made no comment. She had no previous convictions.

She was given 12 months in jail suspended for two years with 240 hours unpaid work. She must also pay £3,000 compensation and the defendant has already been banned from local pubs under the Barnoldswick and Earby Pub Watch scheme.

Mrs Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said Miss Roberts had found the defendant’s behaviour before the assault very childish, but it had annoyed and upset her.

Mr John Woodward, for the defendant, said she was consumed with fear and remorse. It was not envisaged she would do what she did and it was more bitchiness and rather immature conduct on her part. Had Miss Roberts not slapped Pearson the incident would not have occurred at all.